Eisenhower in War and Peace

Eisenhower in War and Peace

by Jean Edward Smith
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Raging_Rhino More than 1 year ago
Eisenhower in War and Peace illuminates the life and mind of one of America's finest leaders. A leader of leaders, Eisenhower was complicated, astute, and more imaginative then his Texan smile indicated. As a warrior, he led the Allies in WWII, and as President led America into prosperity and peace. Ike is seen as a "progressive conservative," a leader who knew what to preserve and what to change. If conservatives had followed him rather than Goldwater, the nation and the Republican Party would have been better served. Smith brings up the complexity of one of our greatest Presidents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author carefully and thoroughly researched recorded information on Eisenhower's life and professional career to provide the basis for this book. It is well written and provides insight and understanding about how and why Eisenhower made decisions that had such a monumental effect on The United States, including winning WWII in Europe, Ending the Korean War, and preventing a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, and many domestic programs including civil rights and the interstate highway system, and balancing the budget. It should be required reading for all representatives and senators in the U.S. congress, and presidents.
western_coyote More than 1 year ago
I have read several Ike bios and this one is more informative and seems to be better researched than others. Here Ike is not portrayed in a cardboard way. Both mistakes and virtues are cited. For instance, Smith criticizes Ike for his gaffs and shortcomings in directing the North Africa invasion, but he also points out that Ike made an effort to learn from these mistakes and the war effort later benefits because he does this. The deeper research is also reflected in the illumination of such things as Ike's relation with Kay Summersby. Citing comments in associate's diaries, Smith characterizes the relationship as more romantic than described elsewhere. I am only half way through this book and it will be interesting to see if Smith is onto Ike's Presidential strategies. Ike was often thought of as a golfing, fly-fishing lightweight as a President. Lots of people fell for that diversion. There is one minor bias in this writing. Every insular attitude is characterized as "conservative." More thoughtful behavior, not so much.
steve2012 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for the general reader and scholars. I have read a number of books on EIsenhower and this book provided a look at areas in Eisenhower life that I was not aware of.
OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
A well written and entertaining biography of our last warrior president. Full of interesting details such as Marshall's destruction of Ike's letter indicating he wanted to divorce Mamie and marry his wartime companion, Kay Summersby and Ike's nixing the joint chief's recommendation that nuclear weapons be used in Korea and China. A must read for anyone interested in WWII and the cold war era.
Capt_TomUp More than 1 year ago
Jean Edward Smith hit this one out of the ball park. I learned more about how this president took command of his administration and ran it much the same way as he did when he was Supreme Allied Commander. I'm glad I purchased this as a Nook ebook! I'll be able to reread and use it as a reference when I'm reading other books. This was worth the money spent!
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Must have been written by a catholic, lables the Sabbath as Sunday - and we all know the Sabbath is Saturday. Makes me wonder how much more in this document is tainted ? But still good if you love history.
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This man goes with Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and George W. Bush as great U.S. presidents. Born in Texas in 1890, Ike lived in Kansas, where excelled at math and history( like me), loved Football and Baseball, was good at it ( like me), and chased after girls, sometimes getting them and not( like me). He graduated from West Point and became a solider. He was an aid to General Fox Connor and General Douglas MacArthur. In World War 2 he was apponited Suprem Allied Commander in Europe, and was in charge of the highly sucesufull D-day invasion. He became a five star General. He became President of Columbia University and commander of NATO. In, in 1952, he announced he was running for President. He easily defeated Illonis Governor Adlai Stevenson to become the 34 president of the USA. He reduced taxes, ended the Korean War, and built up national defense. The fiftes were of economic peace. He spoke strongly for world peace, but made many nulculer weapons and pushed on the Cold War. After leaving the White House, he settled on a farm in Pennsylvain. He died of heart faliure in 1969, the year his vice president Richard Nixon ( see memoirs of Nixon for my biography of him), was President. This book details his life. THANK YOU!!!!
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Just a grand book. If you love biographies you won't want to miss this one. I'm going to read it at least twice.
cfly More than 1 year ago
Crammed with names, dates and all kinds of facts, the book nevertheless is an excellent read, primarily because Smith knows how to write.
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